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Who’s Buying What: WTOP Uses EV Mics at Big New Facility

Radio World - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 18:28

Electro-Voice said Hubbard Radio’s WTOP is using numerous EV mics at its new facility in the suburbs of Washington.

The big news outlet and its sibling Federal News Radio recently moved to a 30,000-square-foot location in Friendship Heights, Md., in a project designed by integrator Radio DNA. It put together a work area with nine on-air studios, seven vocal booths and 48 news production workstations, plus a new “Glass Enclosed Nerve Center,” a phrase familiar to its listeners from the station branding.

“Reporters produce and file their stories from workstations equipped with Electro-Voice RE320 microphones,” EV stated in a press release. “For the 16 on-air studios, a total of 30 top-of-the-line RE320 microphones are deployed. All 78 microphones are housed in EV 309A suspension mounts, providing shock isolation and eliminating cable noise.”

EV said that at all the microphones are run with flat response. “The only processing used is a bit of limiting for consistent volume and some noise gating to minimize unwanted noise from HVAC and other environmental sources.”

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Hofstra Picks Wheatstone FM-55 Processor

Radio World - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 15:43
From left, Hofstra University’s Chief Video Engineer Joseph Valerio, WRHU Student Technical Engineer Jon Sanelli and WRHU Chief Engineer Andy Gladding

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — WRHU(FM)/88.7 MHz has been the voice of Hofstra University and the surrounding community for 60 years and is Long Island’s oldest noncommercial radio station. As chief engineer of WRHU, it is my responsibility to make sure that our 430-watt FM signal remains technically competitive in the New York City market.

Tasked with upgrading our aging air chain and transmission paths, I needed to find a processing solution that was superior to our competitors and also cost-effective while being capable of handling a variety of formats and styles with minimal supervision. After doing much research, discovery and listening trials, I felt that the Wheatstone FM-55 was the best tool to accomplish our goals.

The FM-55 is an easy product to install and configure and has a powerful GUI that provides access to all the advanced machine functions. We have found these features to be essential to competing in the New York City market.

[AM Jumps on FM Translator With FM-55]

WRHU, part of Hofstra’s Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, has a diverse staff of more than 230 students and community volunteers and is the only college station in the country contracted to produce, broadcast and distribute games for a national sports franchise, the New York Islanders. With the FM-55, our sound is now superior to our much larger peers in the NYC market and helps us maintain our edge and presence.

For information, contact Jay Tyler at Wheatstone in North Carolina at 1-252-638-7000 or visit www.wheatstone.com.

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DelDOT Believes in the Power of Radio

Radio World - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 15:24
A 10-watt roadside site

Tune into Delaware’s Travelers’ Information Stations and eventually you will hear a recorded station identification: “This is WTMC-1380 AM, broadcasting from Delaware’s 24-hour Transportation Management Center, providing the latest statewide traffic and transit information. This broadcast is also streamed on the internet at www.deldot.gov and the DelDOT app.”

Delaware’s Department of Transportation has its own licensed Class B AM radio station, linked to 21 synchronized low-power TIS/HAR AM transmitters and antennas located across the state, with three more under construction; and it has just added an FM signal too.

WTMC — the call sign is for “Transportation Management Center” — covers over 90% of Delaware with constantly updated traffic, weather, and public safety information. It is licensed to Wilmington in the north end of the First State.

“We have anchored DelDOT’s traffic information on WTMC because radio is the medium that keeps working when storms have knocked out cell service and the internet,” said Gene Donaldson, DelDOT’s TMC operations manager and the person in charge of the state’s TIS service. “Everybody has an AM radio somewhere.”

FROM TOP 40 TO TRAFFIC

Wilmington’s WTMC is the descendant of WAMS, which went on the air in 1948 and was owned by the Wilmington Tri-State Broadcasting Company (later Rollins Broadcasting of Delaware), founded by John W. Rollins and his brother O. Wayne Rollins. According to FAA records, WAMS had a directional antenna system and daytime broadcast power of 1,000 watts courtesy of an RCA BTA-1L transmitter.

Like many AM stations, WAMS went through many formats in its lifetime. By the time it signed off in 1986, WAMS was a top 40 music station (its call sign has been used elsewhere since). DelDOT acquired the AM license in 2000, reviving the station as WTMC-1380 with 24/7 recorded traffic and weather information.   

Today, WTMC-1380 broadcasts at 250 watts during the day and 10 watts at night. “When we drop to 10 watts at night, we fill any gaps using TIS/HAR stations,” said Donaldson.

WTMC is located at Delaware’s Transportation Management Center southwest of Wilmington between highways I-95 and 295. This is where DelDOT staff record audio information into the station’s playout server, using a microphone-equipped, soundproof cubicle in the TMC office complex. WTMC’s nondirectional AM tower and transmitters are also located within the I-95 right of way at the I-295 merge south of Wilmington. (The old WAMS five-tower array was a few miles to the north and taken down for development in the 1980s.)

[TIS Is a Stalwart of Our Radio Landscape]

With the help of Information Station Specialists of Zeeland, Mich., which focuses on installing and servicing TIS/HAR stations, DelDOT erected low-power TIS/HAR stations to turn WTMC into a true statewide broadcaster, using TIS/HAR stations to serve south of Wilmington beyond WTMC’s coverage contour.

“Delaware is the only jurisdiction where a DOT has purchased a commercial radio station license and then augmented it with multiple synchronous TIS/HAR stations to effectively cover a state,” said Bill Baker, owner of Information Station Specialists.

“It is also the largest operator of multiple synchronous TIS/HAR stations in America,” he said, and the department is about to add more.

NOT JUST RADIO

WTMC’s pre-recorded reports can be heard online and via the DelDOT app (Apple and Android) because DelDOT wants to deliver traffic/transit, weather and emergency information via audio to listeners by all means possible.

Gene Donaldson inspects the WTMC transmitter site along I-95.

“This is why our electronic highway signs are equipped with flashing beacons,” said Donaldson. “When these beacons start flashing, drivers know it’s time to tune into 1380 AM to get the latest breaking traffic/weather news — or to have someone call it up on the DelDOT smartphone app in the car.”

And like many other, more traditional AM broadcasters, DelDOT has taken advantage of the recent FCC rule change and has added an FM translator, on 98.5 MHz.

Lee Afflerbach, co-owner of CTC Media Group, a professional engineering firm that has helped DelDOT build its TIS/HAR network, said, “It will target the highly travelled I-95, I-495 and I-295 corridor. The translator will include RDS digital service of DelDOT’s web-based information resources. Also in the picture is an AM power increase with an added digital transmission component.”

Analog AM radio remains at the heart of DelDOT’s overall information delivery system. “When things start to fail in bad weather, you can count on AM radio to get through,” Donaldson said. “This is why DelDOT still counts on AM radio today.”

WAMS TRIVIA

The manual for WAMS’ original RCA BTA-1L 1,000-watt transmitter can be found online at https://tinyurl.com/rw-wams-rca.

“This transmitter will provide reliable, high-fidelity operation at any frequency between 540 and 1600 kc with negligible distortion and low carrier noise,” said the BTA-1L manual. “It is very easily installed, requiring only the connection of external wiring and the bolting of cabinets together.”

The original FCC card files for WAMS have been digitized, and can be read online at https://tinyurl.com/rw-wams-cards. Captured on old microfiche film, the cards have since been destroyed to save storage space. These cards run from WAMS’ initial license approval in 1948 to its last license renewal in 1981.

A classic aircheck from the summer of 1976 can be heard on YouTube; search the site for “Bobby Dark 1976.”

 

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How Technology Helps Radio and Its Listeners

Radio World - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 15:12
“Consumers are leaning in to audio,” RAB writes, “and they are listening to radio across all platforms with mass- and niche-targeted content available across devices with a simple touch of a button, a turn of a dial or an audible cue.”
Credit: Getty Images/Westend61

What are sales executives telling the advertising community about audio technology and how radio fits into it? This post from the Radio Advertising Bureau provides insight.

Technology! It enables us to do things quickly and gives us capabilities to do stuff that we could never do before. Technology provides us with choice (arguably too much choice). It helps to save lives and exposes us to experiences and content never before dreamed possible. Technology gives us the ability to multi-task, makes us a smarter population, and it allows us to make informed decisions.

Technology is changing the game across all categories of business, making industry and local cities more productive and efficient while improving daily lives. Technology also risks making things more complicated and it is human impact that helps to simplify various aspects of innovation.

Thanks to technology, the audio landscape continues to evolve and innovate in meaningful ways. Consumers are leaning in to audio and they are listening to radio across all platforms with mass- and niche-targeted content available across devices with a simple touch of a button, a turn of a dial or an audible cue.

Technology allows radio and its listeners to engage and interact in real time, allows brands to plan smarter campaigns, and realize specific and attributable results.

So what is technology enabling in audio and how can marketers leverage what’s available today and prepare for tomorrow?

VOICE

Radio is audio and audio is sound. Voice is sound and sound is audio. Voice — it is opinion, attitude, expression, a means to convey desires, answers and so much more.

The power of voice continues to rise with the insurgence and adoption of AI-based technology. Consumers simply use their voice to garner a desired response — no need for a keyboard, no need for a button, just the sound of their voice and the proper audible cue (or command).

Today, consumers’ voices are louder than brand voices, and radio stations and their partners have a tremendous opportunity to ensure they’re delivering on the voice requests, desires and commands. Radio stations across the country are ensuring that listeners know how to ask a voice-activated device to play their favorite station or tune in to a specific radio broadcast. Radio is also the platform where brands have successfully established audio identities and driven calls to action.

Radio is the only mass-reaching, niche-delivering audio medium to establish sonic brands and audio cues. Not only are audio identities critical for brands in a voice-activated world, but according to a variety of studies outlined here (http://tinyurl.com/rw-rab-sonic), sonic branding connects our hearts and minds, familiar music cues generate memories, the speed of sound is faster than a visual and audio signatures have the ability to convey your brand’s emotions.

CONNECTED CAR

The automobile presents a highly unique experience in that drivers and passengers are extremely captive audiences, and an audience that now has the ability of choice — bringing their owned entertainment into the vehicle or make use of what is provided to them.

Radio is and always has been the foundation of infotainment in the vehicle and continues to capitalize on the rich opportunity to expand upon technological advancements for broadcast and compelling, original and local content that people want to listen to.

Radio’s in-dash experience is changing — there are advancements in HD Radio allowing for a richer and more robust content experience. With voice controls, the driver can easily request where to tune in and the possibilities to act on advertising are becoming quite real. Imagine hearing an ad on the radio and using voice to tell your vehicle to drive you there, or hear an ad on the radio and ask for the information to be sent to your smartphone via SMS or text.

MEASUREMENT

Today, metrics and optimization opportunities that were previously only available in the digital space are available from radio broadcasters as well as a wide breadth of data and research partners who are proving not only radio’s reach but also its ability to drive a return on specific ad spend.

The radio industry is making investments and adopting technology to continually improve audio products and the platforms for which they are consumed and transacted. For the consumer, radio is about being wherever and whenever the consumer wants it, and for advertisers it is about making it easier to plan, buy and utilize data.

[HD Radio, FEMA Demo Emergency Notification Capabilities]

Marc Pritchard, chief brand officer for Procter & Gamble, spoke with Jeff Schmidt, RAB’s SVP professional development, at CES 2019 and confirmed that P&G is trying to leverage technology and analyze and interpret data to constructively lead disruption. They are trying to eliminate the waste out of mass media to reach people on a one-to-one basis only when they want to be reached.

Pritchard shared that they are finding that radio is becoming far more data-driven, -analytics driven and -programmatically driven, which is enabling P&G brands to find ways to reach consumers in a far more effective way and on a real local scale as well.

PODCASTING

If you haven’t experienced podcasts yet, take it from Conal Byrne, president of iHeartPodcast Network, who said, “The first time people discover podcasts, it’s like peeking into a room that you didn’t know was there, and it’s like finding gold.”

Podcasting has enabled radio to do what it does best: tell stories, share conversations, inform, educate and entertain in a longer format and on-demand with relevance across a variety of niche subject matter.

Growth of audience over the next couple of years is inevitable, and the benefit of a brand partnering with a radio broadcaster that operates in the podcasting space is the ability to also produce, distribute and promote podcast content on broadcast radio. It offers greater scale and a wider breadth of opportunities for both the advertiser and the podcast content.

PROGRAMMATIC

Programmatic capabilities, more specifically, enhanced targeting and automated/rep assisted planning and buying, are key to enabling the broadcast radio industry and medium to grow and better serve advertising partners.

Platforms that include iHeartMedia’s SmartAudio and Expressway by Katz, among others, now enable advertisers to connect to prime broadcast radio inventory swiftly and efficiently while creating smart, customized and targeted campaigns. And it’s working.

ALL ABOUT EXPERIENCES

Last but not least, technology is enhancing radio’s hardware — in addition to the smartphone, tablet, smart speaker or the Amazon Echo Spot (that looks like a clock radio), there are many companies building radios the way listeners want and need to use them.

ION Audio, for example, is all about experiences and enabling consumers to take sound wherever they go. They have built product designed for the DIYer, the swimmer (Wave Rider Max that can not only submerge in the water, but has cup-holders to hold your beer and lights to light up the pool at night) and the survivalist (a device that charges with a crank in the event of a power outage — every home in America should have this device!)

Indeed, technology is everywhere and audio tech is no exception, providing advertisers the opportunity to innovate, build brands and drive results.

This commentary appeared in the Radio Advertising Bureau newsletter “Matter Of Fact.” Sign up for it at www.rab.com/whyradio.

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Tieline Simplifies Codec IP Networking

Radio World - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 14:18

Codec specialist Tieline has introduced a tool for marshaling codecs scattered across remote location but connected by the internet.

The TieLink Traversal Server is designed to locate, link and manage a codec network.

Jake Daniluck, Tieline Sales Americas, said, “The TieLink Traversal Server ensures you will no longer need to worry about complex IP network configuration with Tieline codecs. … Whether you are running a large network with hundreds of IP codecs, or a small station with just a few, TieLink makes connecting over IP a simple, no-fuss task for nontechnical broadcast personnel.”

TieLink Traversal Server provides NAT traversal, often a sticking point in dealing with remote codecs. In addition it adds discovery of network attached codecs and facilitates the introduction of new codecs. It will also organize contacts lists and groupings along with working with the company’s Cloud Codec Controller.

Tieline says it is free to use with all G5 Genie and Merlin codecs. Traversal Server licenses can be purchased for Bridge-IT and Bridge-IT XTRA codecs.

Info: www.tieline.com

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Omnia Releases Node

Radio World - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 14:06

An oft-ignored area where IP technology is looming as a transformative presence that will rewrite work practices is the STL.

With that in mind, The Telos Alliance’s Omnia Audio brand has developed the MPX Node, a pair of IP devices that send a post-processor composite signal from the studio directly to the transmitter site via IP.

The pair are configured as an encoder, to be placed at the studio after the processor, and a decoder, waiting at the transmitter site, ahead of the transmitter itself. In between them is likely to be the public wired internet but it could be a wireless IP radio link.

Omnia helpfully explains, “The Omnia MPX Node preserves all the complex peak limiting, stereo generation, and RDS (if provided), as if your FM processor were at the transmitter. The result is less equipment, fewer steps, and fewer points of failure between your processed signal and your transmitter.”

A single MPX Node encoder can send its signal to multiple MPX Node decoders simultaneously. According to Omnia the pair can work as low as 320 kbps.

Keeping within the Omnia family, the Omnia.9, using the µMPX codec, can send the processed composite signal directly to the MPX Node decoder.

However, the encoder is processor-agnostic, so long as the processor outputs a composite signal.

Info: www.telosalliance.com

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JK Audio Upgrades AutoHybrid IP2

Radio World - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 13:44

JK Audio is showing its AutoHybrid IP2 VoIP hybrid with a new tool onboard — the Opus codec.

The company says that the open format, royalty-free Opus codec provides high-quality, low-latency audio, allowing the best possible performance over low and high bit rate connections.

AutoHybrid IP2 functions as a two-line voice over IP hybrid, offering G.711, G.722 (HD Voice) and G.729 codecs with 24-bit performance.

Info: www.jkaudio.com

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Adobe Adds to Audition

Radio World - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 13:35

Editing and processing software developer Adobe has announced some spiffing up of its Audition DAW.

New is “Punch and Roll.” The feature provides efficient production workflows in both waveform and multitrack for longform recording, including voice over and audio book creators, the company said.

Durin Gleaves, product manager, Audio at Adobe, said, “Punch and roll recording brings a new set of time-saving tools when recording voiceovers and longer performances. Fiddling with editing tools can disrupt your flow and make for a less cohesive recording. Punch and Roll lets producers fix mistakes in the moment and continue recording without missing a beat.”

A little more specialized is autoducking for ambient sound. This feature, the company says, is powered by Adobe’s Sensei artificial intelligence engine. It allows for dynamic adjustments to ambient sounds against spoken dialog.

Gleaves said, “Last year, Audition delivered auto-ducking for music … to the Essential Sound panel. Now, ambience auto-ducking brings the same dynamic volume keyframing magic, while keeping the spatial effects that give life to those environmental recordings and leaving more time for the creative part of production.”

Info: www.adobe.com

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KSBH, LLC, Licensee of KSBH(FM), Coushatta, Louisiana

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MB requires licensee to pay delinquent regulatory fees or show cause why payment should be waived or deferred

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Sun Media, Inc., Licensee of WJLI(FM), Metropolis, Illinois

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MB requires licensee to pay delinquent regulatory fees or show cause why payment should be waived or deferred

WEDW, Bridgeport and Stamford, Connecticut

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Grants Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc.'s proposal to amend the Post-Transition Table of DTV Allotments to reallot channel 49 from Bridgeport to Stamford, Connecticut, and to change WEDW's community of license to reflect the reallotment

HD Radio, FEMA Demo Emergency Notification Capabilities

Radio World - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 18:26

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will integrate HD Radio’s Emergency Alerts feature into its IPAWS test and demonstration center in Maryland. Among other things it means that for the first time, FEMA will have the ability to test the Emergency Alert System using commercial HD Radio receivers.

Here at the NAB Show, Xperi Corp., owner of HD Radio, announced an agreement with FEMA. The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System test facility houses communication technologies used for emergency alerting and provides education for state emergency responders, politicians and other government officials, the company said.

Xperi VP of Radio Technology Solutions Ashruf El-Dinary said in the announcement that the integration “will demonstrate the capabilities of digital radio technology as an advanced emergency notification solution for the public.”

The company said HD Radio Emergency Alerts provide visual and auditory notifications to consumers. “The digital radio features allow broadcasters to expand public service information in local communities.” Receivers with the feature are available in some vehicles and aftermarket and tabletop radios in the U.S. and Canada.

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Smith Opens NAB Show, Tweaking “Behemoth Tech and Pay-TV Companies”

Radio World - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 14:59

The 2019 NAB Show opened Monday with an emphasis on storytelling but also some critical words for big tech companies.

Gordon Smith, president/CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters, welcomed showgoers from the main stage located, for a second year, adjacent to the North Hall exhibits of the LVCC.

Smith emphasized the “unrelenting commitment” of radio and TV broadcasters to “always be there for their communities, to inform them and to help them.”

Gordon Smith asked attendees to remember the late Bruce Reese with a moment of silence during his opening remarks. Photo: Zamir Ahmed, NAB.

Referencing “hybrid radio” initiatives, he said the association is working with automakers and internet service providers “to develop the next generation of radio that combines broadcasting with internet connectivity to create new user experiences in the connected car and beyond.” The show features a pavilion in the North Hall on the theme the “In Vehicle Experience.”

He also referred to Next Generation Television, aka ATSC 3.0, and celebrated its possibilities. But in an echo of past comments about radio reception in smartphones, Smith said of this new TV platform: “What we would really love to see is a chip built into mobile devices to give consumers this technology. In fact, we may be on the cusp of a new era of manufacturing that should and could include broadcast reception in devices. But to date, manufacturers, Apple being one, refuse to enable broadcast chips in their devices.”

Smith wondered if “growing tech power is one of the reasons why this consumer benefit is being held back by the manufacturers.” He called on lawmakers to “modernize” regulations to allow broadcasters to better compete with “behemoth tech and pay-TV companies” and to increase regulation on the tech industry “to ensure that these companies cannot use their market power to stifle competition and the financial viability of local news.”

He listed other current NAB lobbying priorities: “Urging legislators to oppose the reauthorization of narrow satellite legislation that prevents many viewers from receiving their local TV channels … preventing a performance tax that would cripple local radio stations … fighting pay-TV companies’ attempts to dismantle the retransmission consent process … and ensuring fair streaming rates that make simulcasting viable for local stations. And, as nearly 1,000 television stations move to new frequencies through 2020 to make room for wireless services, we will continue to work with the FCC and Congress to ensure that Americans’ access to their local TV and radio stations will not be threatened.”

Smith said the NAB is scheduled to move into its new D.C. headquarters later this year, from its current location in the DuPont Circle neighborhood. The new location is in the hot Capitol Riverfront part of the city, near Nationals Park and the rejuvenated Anacostia waterfront, and should make it easier for staff and visitors to get to and from Capitol Hill. NAB sold its current building for a reported $31.6 million.

He remarked that it has been 10 years since he spoke to his first NAB show as the association’s new president and CEO. And he asked attendees to remember Bruce Reese, former head of Hubbard Radio and Bonneville International, who died last week.

Smith’s full text as prepared for delivery is at bottom of this post.

Meanwhile, among the topics of chat among exhibitors during setup was the potential impact of the change in schedule next year, when the NAB Show exhibits open Sunday midday and close Wednesday. Most exhibitors who spoke to Radio World were supportive. Several said they had responded to a survey from NAB giving that feedback.

Attendees in the North Hall will notice a prominent pavilion devoted to e-sports. While this may seem less relevant to radio, media companies are watching with interest to understand the business case. One that has already jumped in is Beasley. Its own new Beasley XP initiative is exhibiting here.

Gordon Smith’s remarks:

Good morning. It’s wonderful to see all of you here.

I so appreciate your attendance at this great show.

As we greet old friends and make new ones during our time here, many of us are reminded of a dear friend in the broadcasting industry we lost just last week … Bruce Reese, the former head of Hubbard Radio and Bonneville International.

Bruce was a wonderful family man, an inspirational leader and a strong advocate for broadcasters.

He was passionate about this great industry and telling its story of public service.

He was an everyday hero and will be greatly missed.

Please join me in a moment of silence as we remember Bruce.

Now … let me welcome the broadcasters, content creators, producers, distributors and technology companies from all corners of the globe who have come together to share their own passion for storytelling and to chart a course for a prosperous future.

This week at NAB Show, you will see an astounding array of exhibits that are telling the innovation story of the media and entertainment industry through product displays.

We’re featuring the next generation of technologies, like artificial intelligence, cloud computing, next-gen wireless, e-sports and connected cars.

There is a saying that goes, “Everybody has a story to tell.”

My own NAB Show story began a decade ago – almost to this day, in fact – when I spoke at my first show as the new president and CEO.

On that morning, I shared the story of broadcasters’ unrelenting commitment to always be there for their communities…to inform them…and to help them.

It is a deep-rooted commitment that manifests itself in many ways that often go unnoticed – in ways that have become ingrained in everyday life for millions of Americans.

Our communities turn on the radio to find out what the weather is like before heading to work…to learn how to help their neighbors in need…or to listen to the great personalities who seem like old friends.

They turn on their televisions to watch their favorite local news anchor and to get an unbiased report of what is happening in their communities.

And, they turn to their local broadcasters for a lifeline during emergencies.

This vital lifeline is the electronic thread that keeps every community together, informed and safe.

To me, the story of broadcasters is a story of everyday heroes.

What you do day in and day out can be taken for granted as your daily acts of service are sewn into the fabric of American life.

But make no mistake, what you do is vital – you are indispensable and irreplaceable.

I am reminded of something Oregon’s 30th Governor and one of its best, Tom McCall once said about the definition of a hero.

He said, “Heroes are not giant statues framed against a red sky. They are people who say: This is my community, and it is my responsibility to make it better.”

An interesting note about Governor McCall – he was also a journalist and came to the public’s attention when he served as a commentator on Portland’s KGW-TV.

As a broadcaster, you strive to make your communities better expecting little in return.

And in this digital age, when people can access virtually anything from virtually anywhere from millions of sources of information, broadcasters’ role in every community has become even more critical as people search for a trusted and reliable news source.

In the past, communities could also rely on their local newspapers…but the industry has been undermined by the rise of the internet and social media companies.

Now some of these companies and our competitors are complaining that there’s not enough local news to feed their own news streams.

This irony is not lost on me.

Yet, I doubt that they will ever be able to replicate the local content that broadcasters provide to our communities.

They will never have local broadcasters’ commitment to the investigative journalism that exposes government corruption and other abuses of power.

And, they will never have what broadcasters have that make us so different from our competitors – our connection to local communities.

That is why local radio and television stations are more relevant, more vital and more trusted than ever before.

And that is why the story of broadcasters’ everyday heroism that I shared 10 years ago rings even truer today.

As your advocates in our nation’s capital, NAB is ensuring that policymakers and the rest of America truly understand the many ways you give back…and your desire to always be there for your communities is what fuels you to constantly innovate.

Indeed, here at the show, the story of broadcasting – and where it fits in a rapidly evolving media and entertainment landscape – is on full display, and it is a story rich in innovation, inspiration and imagination.

One story we’re excited to tell is about Next Generation Television, also known as ATSC 3.0. With Next Gen TV, we see the convergence of over the air and over the top, resulting in an enhanced viewing experience.

This enables TV stations to deliver their programming over the air not only to new TVs, but also to next-gen enabled tablets and cell phones without using your cellular network.

So, you can watch your shows and local news on the go without using all of your data.

The benefits of Next Gen TV include 4K ultra-high definition video, immersive, theater-like sound, interactive applications and mobility.

The Next Gen TV attachment with this phone lets me watch my favorite stations anywhere I am.

With this device, I am connected to a lifeline that can warn me of an impending storm and alert me to other emergencies with targeted public warnings that are interactive and mobile.

And, the best place to see what’s possible with Next Gen TV is right here at NAB Show.

And while this attachment is great, what we would really love to see is a chip built into mobile devices to give consumers this technology.

In fact, we may be on the cusp of a new era of manufacturing that should and could include broadcast reception in devices.

But to date, manufacturers, Apple being one, refuse to enable broadcast chips in their devices.

And it begs the question…why?

As you know, we are embarking on a new election season. And, while I don’t often agree with Senator Elizabeth Warren, I was intrigued by her recent comments about the big tech companies.

She said, “They’ve bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit and tilted the playing field against everyone else. And in the process, they have hurt small businesses and stifled innovation.”

I wonder if this growing tech power is one of the reasons why this consumer benefit is being held back by the manufacturers.

Given the threat to local journalism that is posed by these tech companies, lawmakers can enable broadcasters to better compete and to support journalism in this new landscape in two ways:

First, modernize outdated broadcast regulations to allow us to compete on a level playing field with these behemoth tech and pay-TV companies to better ensure that broadcast journalism can flourish.

And second, increase regulation on the tech industry to ensure that these companies cannot use their market power to stifle competition and the financial viability of local news.

While we grapple with these rapidly evolving changes in media, we remain energized by the innovations shaping radio’s future.

NAB is actively working with automakers and internet service providers from around the globe to develop the next generation of radio that combines broadcasting with internet connectivity to create new user experiences in the connected car and beyond.

You can see some of this innovation with our In Vehicle Experience exhibit in the North Hall.

As broadcasters move to unleash this next generation of free broadcast radio and TV service, we will continue to work with the government to ensure as much flexibility as possible to allow stations to provide the very best services for their listeners and viewers.

Winning our legislative and regulatory battles on Capitol Hill and at the Federal Communications Commission ensures broadcasters will be able to capitalize on these innovations.

Back in Washington, D.C., your NAB advocacy team is focused every day on the issues that matter most to your business.

And working alongside the NAB Leadership Foundation, we are committed to ensuring that the broadcasting industry reflects the rich diversity of America and gives a voice to the distinct communities we serve.

With our headquarters moving just minutes away from Capitol Hill later this year, we will continue to send a strong message to policymakers that broadcasting’s future is bright, and we will keep fighting for policies that make our businesses and our communities stronger.

That fight includes urging legislators to oppose the reauthorization of narrow satellite legislation that prevents many viewers from receiving their local TV channels … preventing a performance tax that would cripple local radio stations … fighting pay-TV companies’ attempts to dismantle the retransmission consent process … and ensuring fair streaming rates that make simulcasting viable for local stations.

And, as nearly 1,000 television stations move to new frequencies through 2020 to make room for wireless services, we will continue to work with the FCC and Congress to ensure that Americans’ access to their local TV and radio stations will not be threatened.

Broadcasters are willing to fight to continue bringing the most trusted local news, lifesaving information and the best entertainment to their listeners and viewers.

These broadcasters are the heroes of everyday life.

In many cities, monuments have been built to honor and remember the heroes of our times.

Over the years, they gather dust, fade in color and are forgotten by most, except perhaps by pigeons who use them to perch.

I believe the greatest monuments we can make is in the hearts of the people of our local communities through the service we provide as broadcasters.

In his farewell address to the Oregon legislature, Governor McCall said, “May we forever prove (by our action) that people can join together for mutual benefit and greater good.”

It is my hope that the actions we take in our nation’s capital and working together as a unified voice result in broadcasters’ ability to continue serving our communities for generations to come.

Thank you for all that you do to make our communities safer and more informed – thank you for being everyday heroes.

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Moseley Debuts New Link

Radio World - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 14:25

Moseley says that its new Maverix DT is a dual‐transceiver, all-weather outdoor, IP radio operating from 6 GHz to 42 GHz, with modulations up to 4096 QAM, and ultrawide bandwidth operation to 112 MHz ETSI and 160 MHz ANSI.

It specs at up to 5.5 Gbps per radio though is at home at 2.75 Gbps for less-demanding links. It can operate in both licensed Part 74 and Part 101 channels simultaneously.

Web browser interface and SNMP allow convenient remote monitoring and integration into larger networks.

Moseley also says that “Maverix’s high data throughput fulfills audio, data and voice link requirements for even the largest multiple-station radio and TV clusters.”

Furthermore, “In addition to bidirectional audio and video transport, Maverix creates a huge data pipe to and from the transmitter site enabling stations to employ money saving IP applications and appliances at the site for control, security, off premises mirrored servers and the like.” This can provide for adding a live security feed from a transmitter site or utilizing the receiver site as a back-up server and archive.

Info: www.moseleysb.com

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Wheatstone Goes Virtual

Radio World - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 13:05

For pure eye candy deliciousness at the 2019 NAB Show, Wheatstone is bringing out its virtual console, the Glass LXE.

Modeled on the company’s LXE console, Glass LXE takes it to the touchscreen. It will function within the WheatNet-IP environment, including  attcahed consoles, talent stations, I/O units, accessories and SIP phone and codec distribution appliances.s

The Glass LXE GUI imitates the physical look of the hardware LXE while also matching functionality, including familiar buttons, knobs and multi-touch navigation and menuing for setting EQ curves, filtering and other custom settings, acording to the company.

Wheatstone Applications Engineer Kelly Parker said, “You can run it on a laptop or on multiple PC screens from a cloud. Glass LXE can be used alone or combined with the physical LXE surface to give broadcasters full console control anywhere that’s needed, and on a UI that is very familiar.”

Glass LXE comes with a hardware mix engine.

Info: www.wheatstone.com

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Inovonics Preps New Monitor Receivers

Radio World - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 12:41

Inovonics describes its INOmini 679 as a third-generation, small form-factor FM and FM band HD Radio broadcast monitor receiver. It receives both analog FM and digital HD1­–HD8 radio channels for confidence monitoring and delivers a high-quality audio feed for rebroadcast or program distribution throughout a broadcast facility with adjustable analog and AES digital audio outputs.

Onboard is a sensitive, DSP-based software-defined radio. Balanced analog and AES digital program line outputs are available simultaneously. The levels are independently adjustable. The screen displays RBDS, PAD info, RSSI, SNR, Cd/No, multipath and HD level metrics to help with receive antenna alignment.

Front-panel alarms and rear-panel “tallies” indicate HD reception loss, low signal and audio loss. Inovonics says the 679 will stay on-mode and on-channel through signal and power loss and won’t blend between FM and HD Radio as consumer units do. Split Mode audio monitoring aids transmission diversity delay setup.

Free firmware updates are easily installed in the field via USB.

Info: www.inovonicsbroadcast.com

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ENCO Adds to WebDAD

Radio World - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 12:32

ENCO’s updated WebDAD makes its U.S. debut at this year’s NAB Show.

This second-generation platform enables browser-based native remote control of ENCO DAD automation systems and production workflows as part of the company’s “Studio in a Cloud” strategy for broadcasters. It now includes ENCO’s Presenter On-Air interface, which the company says “optimizes ENCO’s modular, touchscreen design for customizing production workflows and providing instant access to media libraries, playlists and more.”

WebDAD features an HTML5-enabled user interface to provide a “fully-virtualized platform to remotely access and control their studio-based ENCO DAD radio automation systems,” according to ENCO.

ENCO President Ken Frommert said WebDAD “removes the limitation of maintaining an on-premises physical workstation,” which he says helps to reduce operational costs and enables easier collaboration with part-time, contract, and remote staff.

ENCO will demonstrate the enCloud “Studio in a Cloud” workflow at its booth in the North Hall.

Info: www.enco.com

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Massachusetts Station has License Revoked Due to Unpaid Fees

Radio World - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 12:04

The Federal Communications Commission has taken the rare step of revoking a license after a media company failed to pay its delinquent regulatory fees.

As of early morning April 4, the day its license was revoked, station WJDF(FM) in Orange, Mass., was posting local weather updates but its live stream on radio.net was unavailable and its website said it is “currently under construction.” The Class A station was licensed with 5.8 kW power at 97.3 FM.

Radio World has reached out for comment on whether the station will appeal the ruling.

According to the commission, Deane Brothers Broadcasting Corp. (DBB), failed to pay regulatory fees for its station WJDF for five fiscal years — from 2014 through 2018. When those fees went unpaid, the commission assessed an additional series of penalties equal to 25% of the regulatory fees.

According to an article in the Worcester Business Journal in 2016, the media company was founded by the Deane brothers in 1995. The call sign was an homage to three of its family members: brothers Jay, Donn and Fred Deane. Phone calls to a number on the station’s Facebook page were not answered.

According to the FCC, letters requesting payment of the company’s delinquent regulatory fees were sent to DBB. The FCC said the company did not respond to these letters. As a result, the delinquent debt for the regulatory fees for 2014 through 2017 was initially transferred to the U.S. Treasury for collection. Then in November 2018, the FCC requested the debt be transferred back to the FCC for collection.

Soon after, the commission issued an “Order to Pay or to Show Cause” to DBB and required the company to file documented evidence within 60 days that full payment of all outstanding regulatory fees and penalties had been made. If payments weren’t made, the FCC warned it had the authority to revoke the station’s license.

The commission said DBB did not file a response to this order either. On April 4, the commission revoked the license and dismissed the pending application for renewal of the station’s license.

“In these circumstances, where DBB has failed to pay its regulatory fees for multiple years and failed to respond to multiple letters regarding those delinquent debts, revocation is appropriate,” the FCC said in its order.

Despite the revoked license, DBB remains obligated to pay the remaining debt, the FCC said.

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